Benefits and perks

JPL is a unique collaboration between NASA and Caltech. We are funded by the space agency to serve the space program and national interests, while staffed and managed by one of the world’s premier academic Institutions. This synergy offers unique opportunities and benefits. 

Exciting NASA missions

NASA entrusts JPL to work on the hardest and most complex missions. We are the gold standard of space exploration technologies, where you have the chance to make the wildest sci-fi dreams come true.  

Caltech connection

Have access to world-renowed experts. Being Caltech employees means you can build relationships and connections to brilliant academic minds. Think something is impossible? This is the place to make it happen. 

Leave a legacy

Our research, projects, missions and advancements in science, technology and engineering can change the course of human history. 

Employee community

Get involved with a large and active community of employees, from Employee Resources Groups to interest clubs, to outreach and volunteering opportunities.

Workplace Flexibility

The big picture at JPL is designed to empower you to do your best work while living a full life.

Long weekends

Most employees can choose a '9/80' schedule (work 80 hours over 9 days), which means every other Friday off. 

Telework flexibility

Based on role duties, most employees can opt to work from home up to one or two days a week, depending on the week.

Holidays + paid time off

Employees receive 12 paid holidays and one personal holiday in addition to generous vacation and sick time accrual. 


Catch up on life while someone else drives. Employees receive subsidies for vanpooling, biking and premium parking for those who carpool.

Health, wellness and the future

Our benefits are a mix of Caltech-provided insurance plans, as well as additional JPL focused wellness iniatives and programs. Contributions to retirement accounts are also some of the best in the industry. 

Health, dental and vision

Caltech offers numerous HMO and PPO plans to choose from with Kaiser and Anthem, Delta Dental, MetLife, and VSP. You can also choose to contribute to Flexible, Health or Dependent Care spending accounts. 

Saving for the future

Our 403b retirement plan contributes a percentage of your salary based on your age and years of service, regardless of your voluntary contribution. 

Wellness and fitness

Free ClassPass credits to use on fitness classes, yoga, massages, meditation and more. We also have a wellness program with incentives like gift cards and other rewards for reaching your goals. 

Mental and emotional wellbeing

Access to tools and memberships to support employees’ mental and emotional wellbeing, including online assessments and free therapy sessions. 

Employee assistance programs

A robust EAP, including a 24/7 hotline for employee assistance, elder care, financial planning and budgeting assistance, and more. You can connect with the right resources to help you and your family live well. 

We always have more to learn

"Never limit yourself because of others' limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination." — Mae Jemison

Tuition reimbursement

Want to go back to college? JPL offers tuition reimbursement for our employees to help support educational and growth opportunities. 

Career development

JPL offers various professional growth, skill, and development opportunities and interests that you are passionate about in your career, all while you help to meet the mission of the Lab. JPL Employees have access to LinkedIn Learning, NASA courses, mentoring programs and more. 

Speaker series

Exclusive insight and lectures about our projects, science, engineering, technology, and mission support related topics like cybersecurity, leadership and more.

Awards and recognition

We offer a robust JPL awards program to recognize outstanding achievement of individuals and teams. You are also eligible for the NASA Agency Honor Awards Program.

Career opportunities

You too can be part of one-of-a-kind science, research and technology. We have open roles in various area of expertise, from robotics to software development and mission support roles. 
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Our employees

We're more than our missions, science and innovations. Get to know JPL employees and be inspired by their stories. 
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Get the merch

There is no official dress code at JPL, but we do love our swag! Saw the launch and need that shirt? Want to wear what employees are wearing? Check out the JPL store for the latest JPL merch!